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EPR for Printed Paper and Packaging – from Concept to Practice

A presentation by Usman A. Valiante, Corporate Policy Group, LLP.  Download PDF »

CPSC: Producer Responsibility for Mattresses – 12/16/13

California Product Stewardship Council white paperProducer Responsibility for Mattresses. The paper reviews the history and existing infrastructure for mattress end-of-life management in California, the status of mattress producer responsibility in the United States, and the likely outcomes of mattress producer responsibility with the adoption of SB 254 in California and similar legislation adopted in other states. Download PDF »

CRADLE2 Packaging Platform

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy approach puts accountability for packaging waste onto the companies that design and use packaging.  Producers are required to finance the collection of their packaging materials, and ensure that they are reused or recycled.  When implemented properly, producer responsibility can substantially increase recycling rates, incentivize producers to reduce the amount of packaging they use, reduce energy use, and reclaim billions of dollars of embedded value being buried in landfills or burned in waste incinerators.  It is a cornerstone policy among a suite of policy tools to drive the more sustainable use of resources and reduction of toxic materials in commerce. To read more, please download.

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Unintended Consequences: Municipal Solid Waste Management and the Throwaway Society

The Municipal Solid Waste Management (MWSM) system was established a century ago to protect public health. It has been modified during the past 40 years in pursuit of public policy objectives of pollution control, resource conservation and, most recently, sustainable development. This report examines the successes and failures of “integrated waste management” in reaching those public policy objectives. Download PDF »

Climate Change and Products White Paper

This paper builds on a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices,” which offers new insight into the impact of products and packaging on climate change. Download PDF »